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WoPCU 17 cross s28 May – 4 June 2017

“Reconciliation - The Love of Christ Compels Us”

 (cf. 2 Corinthians 5:14-20)

 In 2017the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in Australia will be observed from 28 May - 4 June 2017 in the week between Ascension and Pentecost.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2016

8 – 15 May 2016

“Called to proclaim the mighty acts of the Lord”

 

(cf. 1 Peter 2:9)

 

In 2016 the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in Australia will be observed from 8-15 May 2016 in the week between Ascension and Pentecost.

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17 – 24 May 2015

Jesus said to her, “Give me to drink.”

 

John 4:7

 

 

In 2015 the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in Australia will be observed from 17-24 May 2015 in the week between Ascension and Pentecost.

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1 June – 8 June 2014WOP_2014_Image

“Has Christ Been Divided?”

(cf. 1 Corinthians 1:1-17)

This year’s biblical and liturgical resources for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity come to us from Canada. For nearly 70 years The Canadian Council of Churches has been witnessing to ecumenism, to God’s unity in diversity in Canada and today, with 25 member denominations representing over 85% of the Christians in Canada, is the most inclusive church council in the world. This year is the third time that the Week of Prayer materials have been prepared in Canada. The theme is "Has Christ been divided?," a reference to 1 Corinthians 1:1-17

12 May – 19 May 2013

“What does God require of us?”
(cf. Micah 6:6-8)

This year’s biblical and liturgical resources for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity come to us from India and particularly from the Christian Dalit community of India, a community that has a deep past and present of being excluded and outcast within their own country and often within their own faith. Christianity has a long and complex history in India, dating back as far as 182 A. D. of our common era and including a major influx of missionary activity in the 16th and 19th centuries.

WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY 2012

20 May – 27 May 2012

“We will all be changed by the Victory of our Lord Jesus Christ”

(cf. 1 Cor 15:51-58)

The 2012 theme is concerned with the transformative power of faith in Christ, particularly in relation to our praying for the visible unity of the Church, the Body of Christ. This was based on St. Paul’s words to the Corinthian Church which speaks of the temporary nature of our present lives (with all its apparent “victory” and “defeat”) in comparison to what we receive through the victory of Christ through the Paschal mystery.

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The history of Poland has been marked by a series of defeats and victories. We can mention the many times that Poland was invaded, the partitions, oppression by foreign powers and hostile systems. The constant striving to overcome all enslavement and the desire for freedom are a feature of Polish history which have led to significant changes in the life of the nation.  And yet where there is victory there are also losers who do not share the joy and triumph of the winners.

This particular history of the Polish nation has led the ecumenical group who have written this year’s material to reflect more deeply on what it means to “win” and to “lose”, especially given the way in which the language of “victory” is so often understood in triumphalist terms. Yet Christ shows us a very different way!

The 2012 resources, have been adapted by a small Week of Prayer team from the materials produced jointly by the WCC & the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, drawing on the Polish churches’ experience, here for Australia, they seek to deepen our unity in Christ. It is hoped that these resources may be used in creative ways assisting people’s reflections on the unity that is visible in Christ. Please mark the Week of Prayer in ways that are most appropriate for the place where you live.

NCCA RESOURCES

Ecumenical Service of Worship outline with notes and suggestions for Worship Leaders and Order of Service ( A4 PDF ) ( word )

An Order of Worship for congregational use in   ( A5 PDF ) or in ( A5 Word )

Sermon Notes on the central text 1 Corinthians 15:51-58 ( Sermon Notes PDF )

Daily Prayers and Biblical Reflections ( 8 days PDF )

Prayers and Reflections for each day:

Day One (20 May)                  Day Two (21 May )

Day Three (22 May)                 Day Four (23 May)

Day Five (24 May)                   Day Six (25 May)

Day Seven (26 May)                 Day Eight (27 May)

A  Colour A3 Poster is available to download ( poster )

Prayer Cards are available to order $10 for 25 ( Prayer Card )

For Orders Phone Laura on (02) 9299 2215 email; faithandunity[at]ncca.org.au

OTHER RESOURCES AND LINKS

Global resources introducing the theme for 2012, A reflection placing this year's Week of Prayer themes and the 8 Days' Prayer materials in their biblical and theological context. ( Introducting the Theme )

The Ecumenical Context in Poland ( PDF )

If you download resources from the NCCA website, a donation to the NCCA for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity would be appreciated and will assist in the preparation of  resources in the future.

LOCAL EVENTS

Information concerning Week of Prayer for Christian Unity events may be obtained from your State Ecumenical Council.

 

 

WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY 2011
(5 June – 12 June 2011) "One in the Apostles' Teaching, Fellowship, Breaking of Bread and Prayer"

“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teachings and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers” (Acts 2:42)

This year’s theme offered for our meditation by the Churches in Jerusalem invites Christians everywhere to pause and reflect on their relation to the mother Church of Jerusalem, so as to look afresh at our own situations. It is from this Jerusalem community that all other communities are born. The earthly community of Jerusalem is a pre-figuration of the heavenly Jerusalem where all peoples will be gathered around the throne of the Lamb in eternal praise and adoration of God.

Previous Resources

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

  • 2014 “Has Christ Been Divided?” (cf. 1 Corinthians 1:1-17)
  • 2013 "What does God require of us?" (cf Micah 6:6-8)
  • 2012 “We will all be changed by the Victory of our Lord Jesus Christ” (cf. 1 Cor 15:51-58)
  • 2011 "One in the Apostles' Teaching, Fellowship, Breaking of Bread and Prayer" (Acts 2:42)
  • 2010 "You are witnesses of these things" (Luke 24:48)
  • 2009 "That they may become one in your hand" (Ezekiel 37:17)

World Sunday for Peace (22 May 2011) was part of the WCC's International Ecumenical Peace Convocation (IEPC) that marked the culmination of the “Decade to Overcome Violence: Churches Seeking Reconciliation and Peace”.  A variety of resources are available at www.overcomingviolence.org/sunday

(May 16 – May 23)    ‘You are witnesses of these things’ (Luke 24:48)

image002In 2010, the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity will be marked between May 16 – May 23, concluding on Pentecost Sunday.  During this time we have a wonderful opportunity to renew and deepen our relationships in the one God in whom we share together through Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit. This year's theme is ‘You are witnesses of these things’ (Luke 24:48) and a variety of resources and links can be found below to assist Australians in joining more effectively in that great wave of prayer begun by Jesus himself when he prayed 'that they may all be one... so that the world may believe' (John 17:21).

The 2010 resources, adapted for use in Australia, are grounded in the experience of the
churches in Scotland and are also designed to help mark the 100th anniversary of the 1910 Edinburgh World Mission Conference, such a great landmark in the development of the ecumenical movement. In the 2010 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity we are therefore encouraged to reflect each day on chapter 24 of Luke's gospel stopping at the questions Jesus' asks to his disciples and those they ask of Jesus.  Each of these questions highlights a particular way of witnessing to the Risen One, and invites us to think about church division and about how, concretely, we can remedy that.  The materials were produced jointly by the WCC & the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, drawing on Scottish churches’ experience.  Adapted here for Australia, they seek to deepen our unity in Christ.

Link these resources into daily and weekly prayers, and with other special occasions (such as the World Day of Prayer on March 6) and such prayer will be indeed strengthen God's hand for mission and unity. For the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in 2010 is also an opportunity to reflect further on the vital importance of sharing in the mission of God (missio dei) in our own age.

NCCA RESOURCES

Ph: (02) 9299 2215, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Download a specimen version of the prayer card here
Download a specimen version of the poster here

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If you download resources from the NCCA website, it would be greatly appreciated if you could make a donation to the NCCA for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Many thanks

OTHER RESOURCES AND LINKS

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Contact Your State Ecumenical Council for further assistance and information on local resources and events!

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